Teaching English as a Second Language

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 13.5
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 13.1401
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 25-2031

About the Program

Teaching English as a Second Language certification is an add-on certificate available to candidates that currently possess a Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate. The 13.5 credit ESL certificate program covers the theory and practice of second language education, the structure and sound of English, the design and assessment of ESL course materials, as well as broader issues in intercultural learning. Completion of the program also includes field-based experiences and a capstone action research project, under the guidance of an ESL Program Specialist. It does not require that the instructor speak another language. Credits earned through this program may be applied toward the MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum initial certification or advanced track programs. All candidates are also required to complete field experiences ranging from 10 hours to 30 hours per course.

This program satisfies PA State of Education requirements for Program Specialist: ESL endorsement. Interstate agreements generally allow applicability across the US; however, prospective candidates outside of Pennsylvania are advised to check with their state authorities to determine whether this program is appropriate for their case.

Program Requirements

EDUC 602Language Learning & Teaching3.0
EDUC 604Structure and Sound System of English3.0
EDUC 606Design and Assessment3.0
EDUC 608The Intercultural Learner4.5
Total Credits13.5

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Term 1CreditsTerm 2Credits
EDUC 6023.0EDUC 6063.0
EDUC 6043.0EDUC 6084.5
 6 7.5
Total Credits 13.5
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